Nuna PIPA Car Seat: All You Need To Know

The Nuna PIPA series infant car seats are one of the most popular car seats around the world. For this reason, there are dozens of questions most parents need to know about the Nuna Pipa car seat.

Before we delve into answering important queries about the Nuna PIPA, it is essential to know that there are 6 models of Nuna PIPA car seats – PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite RX, PIPA Lite LX, and PIPA Lite R.

Buying any of the PIPA infant car seats is fine and would serve its purpose perfectly. We have taken the time to answer most of the questions surrounding Nuna PIPA infant car seats.

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Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seats

Do You Need A Base For Nuna PIPA Car Seats?

A base is always included in the package when you purchase a Nuna PIPA infant car seat. Of the 6 models of Nuna PIPA car seats, 3 can be installed with or without a base, while the remaining 3 need a base for installation.

If you own PIPA, PIPA RX, or PIPA Lite RX, you can install it safely without using the base. On the other hand, if you have the PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite R, or PIPA Lite LX, you will need to use a base for the installation.

The Nuna PIPA infant car seats use two types of bases – the PIPA series base and the PIPA RELX base. You can use any of Nuna PIPA car seats with either of the bases.

This article “Do all Nuna car seats use the same base” will give you more details about Nuna car seats and their bases.

When Do Nuna PIPA Car Seats Expire?

Just like every other car seat, Nuna PIPA infant car seats have an expiration date or useful life period. The expiration date for Nuna PIPA car seats is 7 years after the date of purchase.

For any reason, in case you are unsure of when you purchase the car seat, you can start counting the 7 years from the date the car seat was manufactured.

To know the date your car seat was manufactured, there is a serial label at the bottom of the seat that has the information.

You might want to read a detailed article on “how long are Nuna car seats good for”?

How Long Do You Use Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seats?

The recommended usage of Nuna PIPA car seats is between 4 to 32 lbs and up to 32 inches. Since babies grow at different rates, you may stop using the Nuna PIPA between 6 and 18 months.

As parents, your observation would help you know the right time to stop using the Nuna PIPA infant car seat.

When you notice there is less than an inch between the top of the car seat and the top of your baby’s head, you should switch to the RAVA convertible car seat or any other convertible seat of your choice.

Apart from RAVA, you can also switch to another Nuna convertible car seat such as the Nuna REVV. Nuna REVV is an innovative convertible car seat that has the ability to rotate from rear-facing to forward-facing.

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Does Nuna PIPA Need Infant Insert?

Yes, there is a need for an infant insert for Nuna PIPA infant car seats. An insert is included in the package when you buy any of the Nuna PIPA models.

The purpose of using an insert is to provide extra support and padding to your little one when using the car seat. Apart from support, an insert also helps babies fit into the harness, for proper strapping.

You can decide to keep using the infant insert as long as it’s still providing comfort to your baby while buckled in. If you believe there is no need for the insert anymore, you can remove it when your child weighs 11 lbs.

You can always buy an additional insert if you need a spare. However, if you are purchasing PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite LX, or PIPA Lite RX, they come with an extra insert in case of a laundry emergency.

Always check the instruction manual to get more guides on how to use the insert and when to stop using it.

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Is Nuna PIPA FAA Approved?

The 6 models of Nuna PIPA (PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite RX, PIPA Lite LX, and PIPA Lite R) are FAA-approved. However, you will need a base to install some of these car seats inside an aircraft.

The PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite LX, and PIPA Lite R will need a base to use on an aircraft, while PIPA, PIPA RX, and PIPA Lite RX can be installed inside a plane without a base.

There is a sticker on the car seat that tells you whether or not the car seat can be used in an aircraft. You can check the bottom of the seat to confirm the FAA status of your car seat.

Here’s a detailed article on Nuna car seats and their FAA approval status.

Does Nuna PIPA Recline?

Yes, you can make your Nuna PIPA recline by adjusting the recline angle on your PIPA car seat base. The recline is rightly done when the bubble touches the line on the indicator. It only needs to touch not be centered on the line.

If you are installing the PIPA and PIPA RX without a base, you can use a rolled towel or pool noodles to fill the space under the seat to adjust the recline angle.

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Do Nuna Bases Expire?

Yes, Nuna bases expire the same way Nuna car seats do. Nuna PIPA bases have an expiration date or useful life of 7 years after the date of purchase. If you are unsure of the date of purchase, you can work with the date of manufacture.

To know the date of manufacture of your PIPA car seat, simply check the bottom of the seat for the information.

Only the Nuna PIPA series have a detachable base. Nuna convertible car seats have their bases permanently attached to the seat.